Rader steps down as director of Science, Technology and Society Program

STS earned national research recognition under the leadership of Dr. Rader.
Karen Rader

The dean’s office would like to thank Karen Rader, Ph.D., for her leadership as the director of the Science, Technology and Society (STS) program. She is stepping down from her role and will return full-time to the Department of History.

Karen was the founding director of the STS program and served as director for 14 years. While at the helm, Karen helped create a new interdisciplinary curricular rubric and an interdisciplinary minor in medical humanities. Over the years, STS has earned national research recognition, through publication awards, faculty research and grant funding. Most recently, STS received a grant through the National Science Foundation from the Advancing Informal Science Learning Program of the Education Directorate.

Karen also taught a number of courses for the STS program, including Science in Society: Values, Ethics and Politics, Revolutions in Science I and II, Genetics and Society, and Science and Film. Additionally, she created the STS lecture series and brought a number of scholars to campus to discuss important topics such as disability, bioethics, public policy, science fiction and environmental sustainability.

Currently, Karen also serves as co-editor in chief of the Journal of the History of Biology and co-chair of the VCU president’s East Marshall Street Well Interment and Memorialization Implementation committee. She was elected vice president (2020-21) /president-elect (2022-23) of the History of Science Society. In 2014 “Life on Display,” her co-authored book on the history of biology displays in science museums, won multiple awards, including the History of Education Society's Outstanding Book Award.

We want to thank Karen for her service and leadership as director of the STS program. Her energy and enthusiasm for the program made it the success that it is today.

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